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Poster: SDH2O Date: Nov 10, 2006 12:53pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: One Moment of Pefection

Sitting here at work on lunch and listening to some older Santana, Carvanserai to be specific. The instrumental track "Song of the Wind" just ended which brought up a new question (they seem to come in spurts, don't they?). During the track there is one moment when Carlos hits one note, just one, that has always made the hair on the back of my neck stand up straight. The entire thing is a work of art, but that one moment just overwhelms me with such an amazing feeling that I can't help but smile, time and time again. There is a similar note in Gilmour's Comfortably Numb solo that hits me just as hard (maybe not in such a "happy" way, given the song's darker undertones), leaving me in awe of how just one single note can contain such power, and jealous of those who have the ability to produce them. In terms of Jerry, there are too many to count, the first that jumps to mind is a note he hits during the Dick's Pick Hartford Fire which always gets me grinnin'. Anyone have similar "occurances" with an single instant from any artist, when they hit a note that makes your brain say "Holy S**t, what the hell was that?" Not an entire song, or even whole solo, but just one note.

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Poster: gphishmon Date: Nov 10, 2006 8:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: One Moment of Pefection

Oops - double posted, so I'm changing this one. I'm going to add the To Lay Me Down solo from Reckoning/For the Faithful. This is an acoustic version, so Jerry doesn't have his trademark electric sound and you get to hear what magic he could work using an instrument anyone else could play. The whole solo is fantastic, but the most special moment may be the slide from C# to B at the end of the second verse. It sends ripples right through my gut.


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Poster: lobster12 Date: Nov 10, 2006 1:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: One Moment of Pefection

I have many but in recent memeory, I saw Hornsby in the LA area and he combines his anti war song, Fortunate Son with an amazingly powerful version of Confortably Numb. It is very moving and what I would call a "perfect" combo.

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Nov 10, 2006 1:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: One Moment of Pefection

Man, that must have been something to hear. I love Fortunate Son. Hornsby is just so cool to see live!! Wish i could make it to this tour - he is giving away his new boxed set to everyone who buys a ticket!!!! talk about pretty cool.

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Poster: wineland Date: Nov 10, 2006 1:56pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: One Moment of Pefection

Dire, my wife and I saw Hornsby on this tour. The box set was an added bonus for sure. He did a solo show that was absolutely terrific. Lots of interaction with the crowd. The Aladdin in Portland, OR is relatively small so there were times when you felt like he was playing and talking to you in your living room.

You might want to check out this show if you aren't able to see him this tour...
http://bt.etree.org/details.php?id=501562

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Nov 10, 2006 2:33pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: One Moment of Pefection

i am torrent handicapped :( have never really figured that whole deal out. Looks like a damn cool show though. i'll have to take a stab at it somewhere down the road - very glad to know its out there - thanks!

glad you got to catch this solo tour!! i am jealous - haven't seen Hornsby in several years.

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Nov 10, 2006 3:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: One Moment of Pefection

dire,

go to munck music. Hornsby has a lot of gigs available.

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Nov 10, 2006 5:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: One Moment of Pefection

yeah - i'll have to hit that unless some kind soul wants to trade somewhere down the line.

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Poster: wineland Date: Nov 13, 2006 7:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: One Moment of Pefection

Dire, I'm in the middle of an gigantic organization project. When I get it more together I'll see what kind of Hornsby I have and shoot you a message. I know I have a great show of him at the Portland Zoo on my birthday a few years ago.

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Nov 13, 2006 7:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: One Moment of Pefection

hey wineland - thank for very much for that future offer (i will naturally reciprocate). absolutely no rush whatsoever!!! i'm still trying to catch up on all the new stuff that has been arriving at my doorstep. if you think of it down the road, that would be great - i know time is going to get tight for us all with the holidays fast approaching.

thanks again man - i appreciate it :)

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Poster: high flow Date: Nov 10, 2006 2:07pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: One Moment of Pefection

Wineland - I LOVE the Aladdin. Before my daughter was born the wife and I took one last unincumbered fling to Portland. Saw the Derailers, an excellent Western Swing band at the Aladdin. It was awesome.

Great that you saw Bruce there. Must have been incredible. We saw him at a similar venue in Oakland. Yoshi's jazz club. Same deal, lots of requests and interaction w/ the audience.

BTW - You, me and Johnny are the 35-ish ones here. We must ban together to fight these old 50+ geezer-cremudgens. They are crafty, but we've got youth on our side.;)

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Poster: wineland Date: Nov 13, 2006 7:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: One Moment of Pefection

And yes High Flow, we must stand brothers in arms as the Band of 35. Nothing like a bit of rivalry to keep the spirit and banter rolling.

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Poster: wineland Date: Nov 13, 2006 7:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: One Moment of Pefection

Yeah, we have a couple really nice venues. Another one is the Schnitzer which used to be the Paramount Theatre from the breakout 76 shows in June. Here's the one we all know and love:
http://www.archive.org/details/gd76-06-03.sbd.serafin.7719.sbeok.shnf

Also the Crystal Ballroom which the Dead played shows in the early sixties. The McMenamin brothers (NW microbrewers and restraunteers) bought the Crystal and fixed it up. It has a rolling floor that was built for waltzing on. Interesting history:
http://www.mcmenamins.com/index.php?loc=2&id=104

One of my favorite shows from the Crystal and a great Viola Lee:
http://www.archive.org/details/gd68-02-02.sbd.jools.15801.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Nov 13, 2006 8:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: One Moment of Pefection

damn, i guess im stuck in the middle at 41. right between the young and the elderly ;)

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Nov 10, 2006 1:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: One Moment of Pefection

This supposedly originated when he played with Roger waters years ago and did Confortably Numb. The idea just clicked I guess.

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Poster: mcglone Date: Nov 10, 2006 11:02am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: One Moment

dark star 9-21-72 with roughly 1:30 remaining, garcia bends two notes that are just simply angelic!

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Nov 10, 2006 11:20am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: One Moment

to add another Jerry Moment to the mix....

The Uncle John's off of Dozin at the Knick (i think). During the end of the mid-jam, Jerry just rips off a few stocatto like accending/descending notes high off the neck of the guitar. Another "eye-rolling-into-the-back-of-the- head-in-pleasure" from Jerry. I consistently go back to that version (pretty damn good disc in general too).

Lehigh!!! you nailed another great post subject - you are on a roll man :)

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Poster: AshesRising Date: Nov 11, 2006 3:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: One Moment of Pefection

lehighvet88: Wow! - tremendous post - helps bring those "moments" back to life! I'm gonna come at it from a different angle - a moment that may not capture the transcendent or inspired Jerry, but a moment in which all are one -- even now almost twenty years later: "Closing of Winterland" - he finishes Wharf Rat and the band fills space and time with filler notes as Jerry waits while the whole place is anticipating (and hoping) what rabbit he is going to pull out of the hat: he nails those opening notes of Saint Stephen and at least for one blessed moment All are One. --- AshesRising

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Poster: HiRoller Date: Nov 11, 2006 3:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: One Moment of Pefection

Listen to the "Mountain Jam" off of Eat A Peach or the Deluxe Edition of At Fillmore East by the Allman Brother's and you'll probably find a few of these moments. My favorite is at 7:19 when Duane starts soloing, until then, then song had just been a regular jam, but after that it doesn't let up. Duane solos, then Gregg on his Hammond organ, then Dicky, Butch and Jaimoe follow with a great drum duet, finally followed by Berry with an awesome bass solo.

I'm not really sure what it is about Little Feat, but it's not really the jams that I see as perfection, it's normally right as they finish them. At 3:00 on "Fat Man in the Bathtub" off of Waiting for Columbust there's this great point where pretty much everyone hits a really high note, leading into the "Billy got so sad, dejected" line. Lowell's guitar solo starting at 3:35 in the same song is also a pretty good example of Little Feat perfection. Later on during "Dixie Chicken" Bill Payne has a great piano solo, with the moment of perfection being right around 5:15 when Payne hits a really high note, bringing the solo to an end.

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Nov 10, 2006 11:15am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: One Moment

Steve Kimock with his Ozark pedal steel on the Tongue n Groove from 2/23/02. During one his jams, he hits 3-4 successively higher notes and then descends beautifully. The first time i heard that "moment" - it literally brought tears to my eyes and made them roll back in my head. Absolutely glorious version of that song - and it is a truly sublime "Moment" :)

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Poster: Scrim Date: Nov 10, 2006 1:42pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: One Moment of Pefection

Here I go again: 6-28-88 Stella Blue, first jam. Jerry sustains this one note for like 10 seconds, and the whole time goose bumps go up and down my back and arms. It's peircing, and somehow speaks to me.

I promise to not bring up this show/song again.

/back to work

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Poster: high flow Date: Nov 10, 2006 1:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: One Moment of Pefection

5-31-92 - Jerry's 1st couple of notes in the 1st solo of So Many Roads. Yeah, brings tears when I think about how fleeting these moments became in the last few years...

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Poster: RiverRat1492 Date: Nov 10, 2006 2:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: One Moment of Pefection

IMO, there are these moments in just about all (or atleast a lot) of GD shows. Today I had one of those moments towards the end of Lost Sailor (I don't recall the time on the track AND spare me your comments please of the LS selection) from Lewiston, ME. They all brought it together collectively. "Like a friend of mine used to say" in high school after one of these moments we're discussing, "God Bless the Grateful Dead." I always thought saying that was pretty freakin' lame and real corny, but sometimes under my breath after a sweet jam, or just a good tune, I find myself saying that under my breath....Good subject because we can all relate.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Nov 10, 2006 8:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: One Moment of Pefection

For me, hands down, it's Jerry in Dark Star, 9-19-70, in the quiet portion just before the second verse, maybe 22 min or so, when he is making notes in which you can barely detect that he is touching the strings...those that know the older stuff and this famous DS will know just what I mean. It is transcendent...All heads should know this one, IMHO.

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Poster: high flow Date: Nov 10, 2006 9:02pm
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One of my favorite shows...china cat jam - mmmmmmmmmm

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Poster: William Tell Date: Nov 10, 2006 9:29pm
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Absolutely! Would've included the entire jam sequence, but thought that wouldn't be in the spirirt of 'moment.'

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Poster: SDH2O Date: Nov 10, 2006 6:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: One Moment of Pefection

Gauging from your responses here, it seems you all get it when I'm taliking about that "moment" when the musician is able to put a lifetime of emotion into a single note placed so perfectly that most folks miss it, but others will gasp just a little and get that feeling like he is speaking just to them. The Dead's ability to take that moment and stretch it out into 3 hours is what, for me, makes them who they are. At other shows I've attended, I'll be moved here and there, sometimes not at all, but at a Dead show it was like I was lifted off the ground by the "moment" for the entire show and then placed gently back down at the end. In some ways this place hurts a little because it reminds me just how much I miss going to shows. But, like they say, 'tis better to have loved....

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Poster: Cranky1 Date: Nov 10, 2006 11:58am
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'The Other One' from 11/6/77 Broome County. Jerry has me laughing and cheering!

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Poster: Max Chorak Date: Nov 10, 2006 1:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: One Moment

oh sorry you said one note. hmm. well speaking in terms of santana.. during samba pa ti.. he hits one note that i can remember is just beautiful and kinda sets the rest of the song.

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Poster: Max Chorak Date: Nov 10, 2006 12:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: One Moment

In the pembroke pines's 5/21/77 Sugaree the solo at 2:57-3:33... but more specifically the little scale thing he does at 2:57-3:08. It's similar to the intro of 5-8-77's FOTM. Hmm.. The feedback that jerry gives out on the 9-19-70 dark star.. The 12/18/73 eyes of the world. Hm. I don't know.. but what I do know is the grateful dead is pretty emotional music.

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Poster: Purple Gel Date: Nov 10, 2006 7:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: One Moment of Pefection

There's a beautiful note in the Jam at the end of Morning Dew on 9-11-81 that is just orgasmic. After the first lick (after "I guess it doesn't matter anyway") Jerry plays this one sweet note that he holds for about 3 seconds and he bends very subtly just a tiny bit out of tune and it just tugs at your heart strings, just awesome. Give it a listen.

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Poster: Max Chorak Date: Nov 10, 2006 8:12pm
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purplegel: i just listened to that dew.. its unfortunate about the premature ending, but i loved it!

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Nov 10, 2006 8:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: One Moment of Pefection

similar to a couple of the notes held during that same area in the 9/18/87 Dew (my favorite dew as most people here know and are sick of me talking about - lol)

a tearjerking dew to say the least.

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Poster: gphishmon Date: Nov 10, 2006 8:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: One Moment of Pefection

1. Yes, Close to the Edge. The slow interlude, right after the "I get up, I get down" lyric, Howe plays a series of steel guitar slides from high D to C#. At about age 12, this became my favorite place in music for years - at least until I was turned on to the Dead!

2. 3/5/81 Scarlet - second verse of the solo - Jerry plays a lilting lead that gives me shivers every time I hear it (this was also my first Dead show).

3. Same show, Fire on the Mountain has such a moment in EACH of Jerry's three solos.

4. Carlos' sustain in Europa.

5. Gilmour's solo in Dogs, just before the "And when you lose control ... " lyric - especially the end of it - the G-F-C sequence (though the whole solo is perfect). Gilmour is one of those guitarists who play incredibly moving music without playing a lot of notes.

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Poster: Carp JC Date: Nov 11, 2006 2:52pm
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For me its simple.... there's a note jerry hits leading into the second solo of "comes a time" 5-9-77 ... Just a simple single note, But he hits it so perfectly the vocals fell right into place.......... actually IMHO I feel it might be the best single gutiar solo ever .... It could make ya cry